Matt LeBlanc’s upcoming first episode of Top Gear is now in the process of filming. First photos of the 48-year-old TV star and his Top Gear co-presenter, Chris Evans, have leaked on the Internet, according to the Guardian.
The duo is seen filming scenes for the first episode of the motoring show, and it seems that Evans and Matt LeBlanc are already looking pretty harmonious together on screen.
— Radio Times (@RadioTimes) February 23, 2016
Matt LeBlanc, who probably accepted the role of Top Gear presenter in order to ride in expensive supercars, was puzzled when found out that his and Evans’ first assignment is to ride in a three-wheeled Reliant Robin. The filming took place outside the BBC’s Broadcasting House headquarters in central London.
The duo had to race 230 miles from London to Blackpool for this segment of the first episode. Matt LeBlanc, sitting in his three-wheeled car covered with the American flag, and Evans, in the car decorated with the British flag, were seen chatting between filming and forming “a special relationship,” as reported by the Guardian.
— Iain Lynn (@nwpicdesk) February 20, 2016
Prior to driving supercars on Top Gear, Matt LeBlanc revealed what was the best drive of his life. And according to the Irish Examiner citing the actor’s recent interview with BBC Top Gear Magazine, it was driving a motorcycle during his honeymoon.
The best drive of Matt LeBlanc’s life took place back when the actor was married to Melissa McKnight between 2003 and 2006. After the marriage crumbled, the former Friends actor dated Andrea Anders, but then the two broke up in 2015.
During the interview, Matt LeBlanc described his best drive ever as “going through the Alps on a motorcycle with my wife on the back on our honeymoon.” He added that they only crashed once, so it was a “great ride.” Matt LeBlanc and Melissa McKnight have one child – Marina – who was born in 2004, and who recently celebrated her 12th birthday.
— MattCrazedWebs (@MattCrazedWebs) February 8, 2016
Earlier this year, Matt LeBlanc was cast as part of the Top Gear line-up, along with such stars as BBC presenter Chris Evans, commentator Eddie Jordan, German racer Sabine Schmitz, Rory Reid, Chris Harris, and The Stig.
Apart from Matt LeBlanc, BBC Top Gear Magazine also interviewed Chris Evans. When asked to recall his first drive, Evans said that he was fortunate to be taught to drive by “a rather beautiful mom” of one of his friends.
“It was all very Mrs Robinson – in my head, not hers! I passed first time, not long after my 17th birthday.”
During the interview, the Top Gear line-up also shared the fastest speed they have ever gone in a car. Evans reported going over 200 mph in a McLaren 675LT during a test drive while filming Top Gear, while German racer Sabine revealed she drove at 218 mph on a motorway in her native country.
In other Matt LeBlanc news, last Saturday was the big reunion for the Friends family that everyone had been waiting for. In another smaller Friends reunion, Matt LeBlanc reunited with his Friends co-star Courteney Cox at the 2016 WGA Awards, as reported by E! Online.
— E! Online (@eonline) February 14, 2016
The duo presented the Writers Guild of America’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement to Marta Kauffman for Netflix’s Grace and Frankie and David Crane for Showtime’s Episodes, both of whom appear to be Friends co-creators.
The stars of Friends have reunited on several occasions since the show’s end in 2004. Both Matt LeBlanc and Courtney Cox joined their Friends co-stars to film the NBC special honoring the show’s director, James Burrows, which aired on February 21, 2016.
[Photo by Christopher Polk / Getty Images]